tv Jeb Bush Remarks in Tallahassee Florida CSPAN July 26, 2015 8:59pm-9:31pm EDT
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targeting exactly where they would like to see fixes instead of having to anti-time needlessly on things that don't need attention. >> monday night on the communicators on c-span two. the british house of commons is currently in recess. prime minister's questions will not be shown tonight. instead, we bring you some of our road to the white house coverage beginning with jeb bush in florida which is followed by a one-on-one interview with democratic presidential candidate lincoln chafee. later, john kasich announces his candidacy for president at an event in columbus, ohio. republican presidential candidate jeb bush was recently and tallahassee, florida outlining his domestic policy. topics included government spending, and the economy. this was at florida state university and runs a half hour. gov. bush: good morning,
everybody. thank you for coming on a beautiful florida morning. i get to travel around all the places. last week i was in las vegas and they always talk about dry heat like if this really cool thing when it's 110 degrees. i kind of like humidity myself being from florida. it's good to be back in tallahassee and to see so many friends. the chairman of fsu's board of trustees. i saw the former chairman of the fsu board of trustees. thank you. [applause] i got a chance to see your great president who is back there. [applause] it's good to be here. i am really excited to be with my friends.
we are in the early days of a long campaign, and i am making my case to the voters all across the country and having a blast doing it. it is with such joy i get to campaign for the presidency of the united dates, the greatest country on the face of the earth. -- united states people are ready to choose a new president. they have a lot of choices among republicans. they want to know what we believe but also what we have accomplished here it for me that story begins right here in tallahassee. in my years in office, we did some hard work and real reform. it was not always a smooth path. in fact, we used to call the city mount tallahassee because it was remote from the people, caught up in the southern ways of the comfortable establishment. i was a governor who refused to go along with that establishment. i was not a member of the club and that made all the difference. should i win this election, you
won't find me deferring to the ways of mount washington. the overspending, overreaching arrogance, sometimes they are treated as though it is a fact of life, that nothing can be done. a president should never accept them and i will not. we need a president willing to challenge the whole culture in our nation's capital. i mean to do it. name any excess abuse or the federal -- in the federal government. the rest of takeover health care and they couldn't even put up a lousy website to go along with it. caring for veterans at the v.a. veterans died while waiting for care at the hospital last year. only two people were fired for lying about the wait times. we trust veterans to fight for
us. we should trust them to be able to choose their own doctors and reforming v.a. will be a high priority. [applause] the partisan abuses of the irs and the cover-up that followed, all of which to this day have gone unpunished. and then there is the wholesale loss of personal records and security information of cyber hackers in china. the political hacks in charge ignored official warnings. your member the inspector general's reports that we always got in our department? it said we have lax security challenges here that we are going to have security breaches. it has already happened by the time that report had taken place and today we now know that 22 million people were affected and that the information taken includes intrusive questionnaires used to give
people security clearances. i found out that those processes are 100 pages long with all sorts of information for a country seeking to gain an advantage over our country. with all the resources that the federal government has they can't even protect vital data. rarely has incompetence cost such a price in congress. this is enough to sounded -- sound the alarm all itself. there is no accountability and few even expected anymore. that is when we really need to worry. it has come to the point with the entire washington establishment that it so perfectly represents that it is kind of like alfred e newman. let me worry. we have a challenge in our country today that more and more people don't believe their
government works for them. i believe it can't, and i will take the skills i learned with many of you in this room to make it so. don't get me wrong i have not so fond memories during my time in government here when it was not perfect. but that is part of being responsible for when things go wrong. after did -- after the recount for the election, we made our voting system the envy of the nation. when the tragedy arose -- when the tragedy of a really a wilson -- all really a wilson -- aurelia wilson took place we made the system much more responsive to children in need. when senior people in my administration violated the public trust, they were removed from their jobs. when these problems occurred, i took responsibility. that is what floridians deserve.
that is the kind of leadership that has been lacking in washington and that is the kind of leadership that i will bring to washington dc. [applause] anyone who wants to see the federal government even bigger and even further removed from those that it is supposed to serve, the other party will be offering that option. as for me, i am offering a different agenda altogether. it will be my intention not to preside over the establishment but in every way i know to disrupt that establishment and make it more accountable for the people. [applause] the ultimate disruption is to reject as i do the whole idea that governments are forever growing more, borrowing more,
and spending more beyond anyone's ability to comprehend. i have no illusions about what reform really takes. the next president has to confront the spending culture in washington and i promise you, i will do it. [applause] i think we have learned by now that you can have a fast-growing economy or you can have a fast expanding government. you can't have both. you have to choose as i did when we worked together when i was governor of the now third-largest eight. in my time of office, florida's economy expanded by 4.4%. more than 50% more than the national average. at the same time, government spending as a percentage of our state's economy went down. in fact, that should be the aspirational goal for the united dates of america and its federal budget. economic growth growing far faster than washington and its
budget. we balanced our budget every year i was in office. we increased our state's reserves by $8 billion. who knows? maybe there was going to be a calamity of economic proportions or perhaps we will have a hurricane. to be able to reserve for a rainy day made sense at the time and we were rewarded by being upgraded to a aaa bond rating. our great country's federal government has had a downgrade the first one in history. i vetoed more than 2500 spending items totaling $2 billion. that was not punitive. it was not a process -- i think some may agree that i was a and equal opportunity veto or. i did not take a democrat line items or reward my friends. it was an ester -- it was an
aristocratic process so that we could have reserves. it was a process based on conservative principles and we need the exact same thing in washington. we should have the idea of vito corleone he -- i thought it was an insult but i came to light get. we need to bring that to d.c. i cut the state bureaucracy by more than 10%. i tried to make billion -- buildings around tallahassee silent monument to the time when government played a role it could serve or adequately fulfill. if we reform how government works and build capacity for people to achieve, we will all become conservatives because the demands on government will subside. from the very outset as president, i would signal a new
direction by supporting fundamental reform that go to the heart of the problem. first, we have to confront and and the habitual practice of deficit spending. as long as deficits are an option, deficits will be the reality. the remedy i will support as president is a balanced budget amendment. [applause] to be clear, it have to be properly designed so that it is a tool to limit government, not raise taxes. the remedy i willamericans in every party are right to be worried about the fiscal integrity of our government. it needs to be fixed. i will alert congress to submit a balanced budget amendment to the states and let the people decide. second, it is time to revise vito corleone he. the president should be able to eliminate wasteful spending
through a constitutionally sound line-item veto such as the version that paul ryan has recommended to make sure that it abide by our constitution. overspending is one of those problems where the president has to assert a national interest even if no one else will. the power to veto irresponsible spending as part of that duty and i know how to use it. trust me. [applause] the third spending reform is government procurement. federal agencies spend billions and billions of dollars every month on equipment and services following complicated procedures that no company would use in a competitive environment. the process is slow and too often it holds no one accountable for being over budget or behind schedule. one of the most tragic examples i have seen on the road is a va hospital that have been many years in the making that was supposed to cost $200 million
and now i think the last estimate for its completion in denver, colorado is $1.8 billion. you can't make that up. it's hard to imagine how incompetent and collocated the process would be to yield that result. military procurement is just one of the many systems where the processes are failing. they are still operating by the procurement methods of the cold war. in some cases, by the time new equipment reaches our troops, it is almost obsolete. here we are with a pentagon that has to cut military equipment, pay, and health care, all the while losing billions in backwards wasteful procurement processes. the pentagon's acquisition system is so swamped with regulations, only a handful of giant defense contractors can actually compete for the larger contracts. that is why i support initiatives by the respective chairmen of the senate and house armed services committees, john mccain, a real hero, by the way
-- [applause] senator mccain and mac thornberry in the house to reform it to make it more transparent, flexible, and competitive. competition reduces cost and insures our troops have quality equipment that keeps them safe. it's not too much to ask for the people to defend our country that we eliminate waste so that we can invest in them. these problems are not unique to the military. the processes and procedures used to purchase information technology are fraught with crossover runs, delays, and failures. over the past five years, the united states a government cap -- government accounting office
have only implemented 23% of changes to the acquisition procedures. this is something that requires leadership here it not just filing an amendment but actually having the hands-on leadership skills to take an idea, put it into reality make sure there is accountability around it, and to go from beginning to end to make sure we transform how our government works. [applause] i just got applauded by ben watkins. i think he deserves a lot of credit. this is one state that has reduced its debt burden in a way that the rest of the country should follow. then, you have done a great job doing that along with the governor. -- ben [applause] he is a great public servant and
he is really embarrassed right now that i mention him out loud. [laughter] if we are going to make good budget decisions, we need to deal with real numbers. the trick in d.c. now is called baseline budgeting. it means that the current year level of spending is the starting point for future spending. baseline here looks like this. baseline in washington is like this. it automatically growth unless something happens. the minute you suggest you curb the growth in spending you are an evil person trying to take away something from somebody else. that whole system was designed to make government grow at a rate that is far more than anyone can pay for. i will work with congress to change it. you know you have a problem when standard accounting principles seem like a subversive idea. that is how it is with federal budgeting. it is a rigged system to make government grow. all the taxpayers who underwrite the spending have to live in the real world where you start with
zero, to find your priorities, and observe boundaries. it's not as fun as working with make-believe numbers, i get that, but it can get you out of trouble. real-world budgeting will mark a big step towards national solvency. it my administration, it will be the rule rather than the exception. [applause] you may remember some of this that's coming up. when a given agency asks for more budget authority they should be required to support with detailed justifications why they needed and also to propose offsetting cuts. the short of it is, we are going to turn off the automatic switch of discretionary spending and we budgets only on its merits. too much in the federal government runs on automatic. that usually means things are happening with no one stopping to ask why. we see this in the way the civil service system operates.
people are hired promoted, given pay increases, often without regard to performance. more than ever, it's a system in the old ways, ruled by inertia and unaccountable to the people. with 2 million government employees on the federal payroll, these programs and problems. heavy cost. a few serious reforms will go a long way. my first reform will be to place a freeze on federal hiring. we can expect that more than 10% of all current workforce will retire over the next five years. it is a fairly safe bet that not everyone who leaves needs to be replaced. we will go with a simple three out, one in rule across the federal workforce with exceptions for critical positions related to security and safety. only one new higher -- hire for every three who leave.
this policy can reduce the size of the federal bureaucracy by 10% over five years. with other reforms, we can reduce the bureaucracy by more than 10% within four years. my first term as president. saving tens of billions of dollars without adding to unemployment. we make those -- we make those tough cuts in florida. we also may top level management more accountable by defining them as employees. we ensure that employees at every level could be let go if they were not doing a good job. the effect was to up everybody's game, attracting talent, and remind public employees that they are there to serve. whether it's a company's employees we are talking out or a government workforce, the whole idea of management is to reward good performance and make the best the standard. that's not the system we have in washington dc right now. much of what we have is a relic of the 1970's during the carter administration.
let's just say, they did not have the taxpayers interest foremost in mind. it is not a partisan issue. we have structural deficits we have to address. it does not matter who caused it. it is time to reform these things to make governments smaller so that we can rise up as a nation again. [applause] the system they have left us rewards longevity instead of performance. many federal employees are paid far more than their private sector counterparts. compared to private sector employees, federal employees are in a little over $1500 more per year in wages and nearly $16,000 per year in benefits. there are a lot of exemplary employees in the federal government but they are treated no better than the bad ones. the bad ones are almost impossible to effectively discipline or removed. job security is one thing, job
entitlement is another. every time a federal employee needs to be moved along, it shouldn't be a federal case. the system is so broken that in 2013, the number of federal employees terminated actually fell to .18%. i will put in motion some long overdue reforms. obviously, federal employees should retain civil rights and whistleblower protections, but beyond that, the time it takes to remove an unproductive employee should be measured in weeks rather than years. just like in the real world compensation should depend on the type of work and the quality of the work. if the aim is to bring out the best in public servants and to improve more out of the federal workforce, we have to get the incentives right. no more doling out raises across the board. if we respect and recognized skill and dedication when we see it, i promise you, we will see a
lot more excellence in the ranks of the civil servants and we will attract new talent as well. i will also propose enhancing financial incentives for managers who reduce spending. when federal employees are found its squandering public money, we should call them out on it. and they find ways to save money, we should reward them for it. here in florida you all know very well the davis productivity reward which is a great model we should bring to washington dc to reward people that are focusing on shrinking government. [applause] of course, the surest way to protect the taxpayers money is not to take so much of it in the first place. the best way to keep government accountable is to limit its power to regulate our economy and our lives. in the coming months, i will be setting forth my plans for tax and regulatory reform on a scale we have not seen since the
reagan years. i will be outlining my rate -- my ideas to reform the major entitlement programs and find a replacement for over a care. [applause] -- obamacare. not to keep you in suspense, but the objective in both cases is to bring government back within the consent of the governed so that it truly serve the national interest instead of catering all too often to special interests. [applause] after all, if the relentless expansion of government that made lobbying washington's premier growth industry. spending on lobbying has risen by more than 45% in the past decade, translating to $12.5 million per member of congress at last count. yeah. restrained federal spending and the bureaucratic meddling and we will disrupt the culture that
thrives on big government. i know how that culture works. i saw it here in tallahassee. over time, lobbyists and legislators grew too comfortable in each other's company, cutting deals that did not have much to do with the public interest. along with the other changes we made, the florida legislature passed a law that i signed which created the strictest lobbyist reforms in the country and i was proud to sign that. i think the system is significantly better after that law was passed. even before i took office, i signaled a new way of doing business by preventing lobbying by any member of my transition team. as governor, we ended the practice of lawmakers accepting gifts from lobbyists. the reforms i signed into law also requires lobbyists to expose information about their clients and their compensation. the lobbyists here were a little grumpy to begin with but now i have noticed it has actually turned into a competitive deal. they show that they have more business and they are proud of the fact that they have a
thriving business. it's interesting how markets work. in that spirit, we need to reform disclosure laws in washington as well. here is what i propose. anytime a lobbyist meets with any member of congress, that should be reported online every week. that should include the ambiguous class of consultants who lobby but call it something else. the definition of the term lobbyist should be expanded to address the government relations and government affairs specialist now populating the capital as well. now there is the pattern of so many outgoing members of congress who quickly become lobbyists themselves as if merely moving on to the business and of the same enterprise. we need to help politicians rediscover life outside of washington dc which might even be a pleasant surprise for them. the great majority of the people that serve in these positions do it with great talent and they do it with integrity and they can
make a huge contribution to the communities in which they were serving. i believe that they should be doing that rather than translating this and staying in washington and trying to translate their experience into high game. if i am elected, i will use all of my influence to an act into law an immediate unequivocal six-year ban on lobbying for ex members of the house and the united states senate. [applause] we will take similar measures at the white house. i will strengthening existing prohibitions that prevent departing executive branch employees from lobby members of my administration. in all of these reforms, it matters what example is set by those in elected office. it is easy for elected officials to layout standards of performance for others. consider a pattern in congress when members who sometimes seem
to regard attendance and voting as optional. something to do as time permits. the reality is that congress is in session for typically three days a week when they are up there. it's not asking too much that every member be there and work on those days. if it's an incentive they need how about the one that pretty much every worker in america has in their job? if you don't show up, you don't get paid for the time that you miss. [applause] a bill to dock pay for absentee members may not pass the house or senate, but at least he would get them all there for a vote. [laughter] if we can't always get them on the job, let's at least get them on the record. if i have learned anything as
governor of florida, it was never to take time for granted here it i kept on my desk where i always could see it a digital clock counting down the time left in my term to the last hour. i might just bring that clock along should i have the honor of serving the 1461 days of the next presidential term. [applause] our leaders can be so immersed in campaigns and far-off legacies as to lose sight of the present challenges. work needs to be done right now here it things delayed in washington have a tendency to never get done at all. in this era of excuses, we are drawing it to an end. there is no time or way to make up for lost time. we have to do it ourselves. we can no longer excuse away why our system doesn't work. more and more